Lawmakers set to gavel in Saturday for day two of special session

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP/WKYT) - The Latest on Kentucky lawmakers convening for a special session dealing with pension problems. (all times local):

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Kentucky lawmakers will be gaveling in Saturday for day two of a special session to address pensions.

During Friday's special session House Majority Republican leaders referred Governor Matt Bevin's pension relief bill to the state government committee.

They also referred two bills filed by Democrats.

The goal is to provide relief for regional universities and quasi-governmental agencies burdened by surging retirement costs.

Gov. Bevin has spent months building support for his proposal after he vetoed the pension bill lawmakers passed during the regular session.

During Friday's session, Minority leaders said they appreciated the speaker keeping their bills alive, but also voiced concerns about the narrow scope of the session as outlined in the governor's proclamation.

“Certainly, we are open to all thoughts and ideas, but again, the call is going to limit us to some degree on what we can do,” said Speaker Pro Tem David Osborne.

The Senate will convene at 8 a.m., and the House convenes at noon.

Attorney General Andy Beshear has announced he will provide comment on the special session proclamation during a press conference at 10 a.m.

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Kentucky House Speaker David Osborne is predicting that the Republican-led chamber will pass pension-relief legislation in a special session.

Lawmakers convened Friday after being called into session by Gov. Matt Bevin to take up his pension proposal. The goal is to provide relief for regional universities and quasi-governmental agencies burdened by surging retirement costs.

Bevin spent months building support for his proposal. He vetoed a similar measure after lawmakers ended their regular session.

Asked about finally convening after months of suspense, Osborne said: "I don't think anybody's excited about being here, but it is our job to be here."

A bill reflecting Bevin's plan was introduced Friday. Democrats offered their own version.

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For the second time in less than a year, Kentucky lawmakers are returning to the statehouse for a special session dealing with the state's pension problems.

Lawmakers are set to convene Friday morning.

Republican Gov. Matt Bevin called the session to take up his pension-relief proposal for regional universities and quasi-governmental agencies burdened by surging retirement costs.

Bevin spent weeks rounding upvotes and finding a time when enough supporters could gather to take up the measure. It replaces a bill that Bevin vetoed in April after lawmakers ended their regular session. Bevin's team says he has secured enough votes to pass his proposal.

Last December, Bevin called a special session to pass a more sweeping pension law. The GOP-led legislature went home without taking action on the measure.



 
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